Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pics from 1981 MLG Book

A few pics out of Stan Obodiac's fabulous Maple Leaf Gardens book first published in 1981. Pic above by Michael Burns of Lord Athol Layton from the 60's with the MLG ushers. 

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Pic below with the French Angel and Canadian writers l. to r. Ralph Allen, Johnny Fitzgerald, Joe Perlove, and Hal Walker. A young Frank Tunney is at far right.

Pic below from the 50's is the same shot seen in the Tunney office 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Halifax 1968

Thanks to regular MLWP contributor Jerome MacDonald for these ads from Halifax from 1968. Above is June 6 , below is July 12. If we were to replace Halifax with Toronto these could well be ads for MLG for the same time period as it's Tunney's crew.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Big Bear Program 1983

Most of a Program from the 1983 tour, few pages/pics are omitted as they are already up here or on Rob Elder's excellent Ontario Classic Wrestling Clips Blog

No 'Rick' Flair did not work on McKigney shows. Either did Mosca, not at this time anyways. McKigney was very creative in his posters and media as you can see by the cover above with at least Terry Funk and Mil Mascaras who never - as far as I know - worked on the Wildman's shows.

Both Candi Divine and Debbie Combs, two of the most attractive ladies of the time were both quality wrestlers and a good addition to the cards 82-83. Other ladies on this tour included Dianne/Brenda Hoffman and Donna Day and they would have frequent mixed bouts with both the regulars and the midget wrestler.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Germania Club 1980

Thanks to Tom Muir for these pics from a TV Taping in 1980. A real treat for me as I never got to Hamilton back then and can't recall seeing any pics from our era from the Club so far. 

Snuka above and Steamboat below

Snuka pic looks like he is doing the Sheik fireball with the flash in the background. He is gearing up for his awesome flight off the top turnbuckle that he performed at MLG many times. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Windsor, ON 1947: Classic Clippings

Some clips from the Newspaper Archives Windsor, ON 1947. Promoters Bill Thornton and Frank Tunney, on a couple of cards Don Owen is listed as matchmaker.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sheik in Montreal 1967

Article on The Sheik winning the International Heavyweight Title by beating Gino Brito in a bout after they had tied in a tournament final

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Quebec Wrestling Articles

Some French language articles for my friends in Quebec 

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Johnny Valiant

Luscious Johnny Valiant above -about to crank Chris Colt - was once one half of the Valiant brothers tag team that had success in the 70's as a hard core type team on the Detroit, Indianapolis, WWWF, and Ontario circuits. Johnny came back (Jimmy was working for Tunney at MLG at this point) on Wildman McKigney's 1982 roster and had a wild feud with Colt through 1983, this time hearing the fans cheers in a series of Street Fights and Cage Bouts.

Pic above has Valiant retaining his N.A. Belt vs Colt in Cornwall late Aug 1983, Valiant had won the belt earlier in the month in the same arena and appears to be the last holder of the title which was dropped in subsequent tours when the Sheik was in with his U.S. Title.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Multiple Personalities 1982

In the Territory days it was not unusual for a wrestler to work as a heel in one town while working as a face in another - at the same time. On the MLWP site we have looked at Angelo Mosca, Canadian Champ and local hero (in the M-A era anyways) also as a vicious heel on WWF TV. His attack and fued with Pat Patterson stands out (remember the water pitcher incident!) as do his many title shots vs Bob Backlund.

In 1982 he also appeared in the Carolinas including one bout teamed with the man who would beat him for the Cdn belt in 1983 - Sgt Slaughter.

In the clip below - from the fabulous Pro Wrestling 1970 To Present Blog - 'Big Nasty' is in Lexington, NC teaming up with Roddy Piper no less. What a great tag vs Wahoo and Jack Brisco ! Here in Toronto he had just had (Apr 25) an AWA title shot vs Nick Bockwinkel and the next week worked in a tag after John Studd had interfered and 'cost' Mosca the title. See pic at the bottom. The May 16th bout Mulligan Jr was replaced by an up and coming Jake Roberts who did double duty in an earlier bout vs Sgt. Slaughter.


 82/05/16 MLG Toronto
Angelo Mosca/Jake Roberts W Nick Bockwinkel/Big John Studd
MID-ATLANTIC TV TITLE: Ivan Koloff WP Outlaw Ron Bass 
Jimmy Valiant W Pvt. Don Kernodle 
Johnny Weaver/Tony Parisi W Pvt. Nelson/Tarzan Tyler
Jake Roberts WDQ Sgt. Slaughter
Kelly Kiniski W Tito Senza
Tim Horner D Keith Larson

above pic is Studd interfering in Mosca's AWA Title bout on Apr 25 1982, don't think I have this pic on the site, another one that improves with Photoshop help.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Big Event 1986

It re-wrote the record books in what became known as 'The Big Event', the WWF Exhibition Stadium show on Aug 28 1986. The actual attendance figure is variously reported as 65k, 71k or 67k, appears the truer figure was 61, 479. In an article the Sunday prior it claims that '50 thousand tickets had been sold, with another 15,000 expected to go'.

Additional articles not pictured here proclaim 'Record 65,000 holler for Hulk', and 'Hulk : Pinning down a record'.

Attendance aside it is testament to the power of the WWF machine at that time that in the M-A era we were lucky to get a pic and a write up in the paper. Here they devote multi page spreads and even veteran scribe Jim Hunt and the Entertainment guy Peter Stoddard get on the bandwagon.